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Hulk II (1988 Craftsman II) 917.255919 Summer Refresh.


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Posted July 15, 2017 - 05:54 PM

It’s been a few days, and I finally found some time to work on Hulk II. Finished up the PTO and installed. Seat was checked for proper operation, and final Engine bolt down and wiring checks. Hope to have a start-up video tomorrow if the weather is good.

 

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Posted July 15, 2017 - 05:56 PM

The Throttle cable that was on him was about two feet too long, other than that it worked fine but the excess was difficult to route properly.

  1. Installed the cable and marked the proper length.
  2. Measured the length of the exposed cable.
  3. Pried open the cable clamp and removed the inner cable.
  4. Cut the cable to the proper length.
  5. Bent the end and installed to check the operation.

 

Much better now.

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Posted July 15, 2017 - 05:57 PM

Here are some close-ups of Hulk II.

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Posted July 15, 2017 - 07:59 PM

Another set back. Added about ¼ tank of Gas for a test, and started smelling gas BAD in the shop. Sure enough I had a leak, and in the worse spot. Airing out the shop, and draining the gas. I checked Sears for availability, they have the gromets (3645J) at $3.84 each, I ordered three. I pulled the bad one to see if I can replace the grommet without removing the tank. Spilled more gas :( . Looks like I can replace it without removing the tank, Gas smell is clearing.  

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Posted July 16, 2017 - 12:25 PM

Elbow wasn't rusted too bad, Not anything like the JD 165 pickup tube was. I did clean it out with drill bits. This is the first time I had an issue with the grommet, I have two others with the same tanks, that is why I ordered three grommets, to have spares on-hand. Started working on the hood and grille. Yes there are shop towels on the Roper's hood. Fixing to go out in the heat and clean up and wet sand the black parts first.

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Posted July 16, 2017 - 01:27 PM

Had a little (or big) distraction depends on your perspective on bugs, while cleaning and wet sanding. Grandson thought it was pretty cool! Not sure how much more I'll get done today, pop up showers are still in the forecast. I got the grill ready for it's stripes, this will need to dry 3-4 days before I'll mask it and paint the rest black. The Orange grill stripes came with the decal kit but I think this makes the Green, or Grey color scheme stand out better.     

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Posted July 16, 2017 - 02:27 PM

Walking sticks are cool. Last time I painted anything I had a couple of Preying Mantis show up to put foot prints in the paint. 



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Posted July 16, 2017 - 02:37 PM

Yea, I got the bottom sides painted, and moved into the shop just for that reason! Metal was so hot my finger tips are numb, but it really let the paint lay smooth. I'll let this dry then paint the top sides next week after work.

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Posted July 16, 2017 - 09:07 PM

Stopping point for this weekend.

 

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Posted July 17, 2017 - 07:57 PM

So... while waiting on paint to dry and the gas tank bushings.  Now I know I searched for the 8710J fuel stem, and Sears said NLA with no substitute listed. Didn't need one, but I would have ordered one with the bushings if available. Went on Face book and this popped up!!!!! Looks like it might work, but why did it not come up in a Sears parts search rather than a suggested add? 

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Posted July 18, 2017 - 08:46 PM

Working on gathering the parts needed for the LED mod tonight. It will mirror BOH's setup as it works good. Grill striping also came out well. Enuf for tonight.

 

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Posted July 19, 2017 - 09:17 PM

Worked on the LED Mod tonight.

  1. Extended the leads on the LED’s and prepared the flat washer mounts.
  2. Tested each one with a 9 volt battery.
  3. The LEDS are directional, but with the tractor lenses ir defuses good.
  4. Added additional insulation, the potting is a light foam.
  5. Zip tied the flat washer mounts.
  6. Stopping point for the evening.

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Posted July 19, 2017 - 09:26 PM

I forget, what were those lights out of?



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Posted July 19, 2017 - 09:57 PM

Damaged LED Street Lamps. Usually the ones they drop like this one, or others where the 240V inverter fails. The LED's are still usually good, but needs tested.


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Posted July 21, 2017 - 04:11 PM

New drive belt is installed, LED Mod is complete, Gas tank seal came in and works, Waiting on the hood hardware to dry. Should be able to test everything out, and finish decals this weekend. Had a tooth pulled this morning and a little sore still.  

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